October 31, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Homestead Service Coordinator’s Office is again offering free assistance to area seniors comparing Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plans.
There are a total of 29 stand-alone drug plans available in our area, all with different premiums, deductibles and co-pays.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to compare their current coverage with available options. Even though a plan met their needs in 2013, it may not be the best choice for them in 2014.
Seniors should have recently received an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) packet from their drug plans, and it is very important that they read and understand these notices.
Assistance is also offered for seniors having difficulty affording their medications.
The Social Security Low Income Subsidy or pharmaceutical companies’ Patient Assistance Programs may be available.
Free, unbiased, confidential information to aid beneficiaries in choosing the best plan for their circumstances is offered. Appointments may be made by calling Connie Dvorak, SHIIP counselor, at 843-2280.
The Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program may also be contacted at (800) 234-7119.
The 2014 open enrollment period began October 15, and continues through December 7.
October 31, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
To put it in proper persecutive, less than eight months OR less than 34 weeks OR less than 238 days remain before Elgin becomes the center of the universe when the community celebrates its Quasquicentennial.
The Q125 Committee continues to meet and preparations continue to be made for the celebration which will be held June 20-22.
Family histories and photographs have been submitted for a Q125 History Book which will be printed in the very near future.
A deadline for submitting histories has passed and committee members are in the process of scanning photos and typing out histories for the history book.
Some men in the community, but not all, have begun to grow their Q125 beards.
For those men not wishing to look like their pioneer ancestors who settled the area, they may purchase ‘shaving permits’.
Seldom does a day go by at the newspaper office when a call or e-mail doesn’t come in from someone having a question regarding the celebration. In particular, when an event might be taking place.
With that in mind, here’s a tentative schedule for the celebration from information previously made public by the committee.
Friday, June 20
8:30 a.m. — Dedication/welcome heroes program at the cemetery north of Elgin
9 a.m. — A cemetery walk featuring presentations on some of Elgin’s historical figures
9:30 a.m. — Science and crafts projects at PJCC school building
10 a.m. — Set up for a three-day stint will be a Black Powder group on the CVA field near North Street
11 a.m. — Quilt display and art show at St. Boniface Catholic Church
11:30 a.m. — Old-time bank robbery
Noon — (Tentative) Trail ride coming from Neligh to arrive in Elgin
Noon — Lunch at the KC Hall
1 p.m. — Wedding dress style show in the air-conditioned EHS gymnasium
2 p.m. — Teenage Quiz Bowl at the ‘Q’ Center (between the Elgin Medical Clinic and CVA Hardware)
2:30 p.m. — Water fights
4 p.m. — ‘Around the World’ Food Court at the Q Center
6:30 p.m. — Official ‘Opening Ceremonies’ at the Q Center. Adjacent to the Q Center will be a beer garden for persons to enjoy. Later in the evening a free show featuring ‘Dueling Pianos’ sponsored by the Elgin Ko-ed Group (EKG). Also, the Elgin Community Club will be sponsoring the Richards Amusements carnival for all three nights of the celebration.
Saturday, June 21
7 a.m. — 5K Run/Walk.
10 a.m. — Kiddie Parade at the Elgin City Park
10 a.m. — Agriculture Celebration — Tractor Drive
11 a.m. — Young N’ Lively to sponsor inflatables at the park
Noon — Civil War Re-Enactment at Elgin City Park
1 p.m. — Texting competition for youth at the park. Later in the afternoon there will be kids races
1:30 p.m. — Live entertainment/pie social at the Community Center
3 p.m. — ‘Ball game’ featuring Elgin, Petersburg and Neligh town teams
7 p.m. — Elgin High School and St. Boniface High School alumni banquets
8 p.m. — Street dance featuring ‘The Dweebs’ sponsored by EKG
Sunday, June 22
7 a.m. — Annual Fly-In Breakfast at Koinzan Airport
9 a.m. — Community Worship Service
11 a.m. — Q125 Car Show/tractor show/semi-truck show
3 p.m. — Q125 Parade. Registration will begin at 1 p.m.
4:30 p.m. — ‘Sheltered Reality’ drum group to perform at Elgin City Park
5: 30 p.m. — Variety show at Elgin High School gymnasium (Time is tentative)
6 p.m. — Community BBQ
7:30 p.m. — Closing ceremonies
Dusk — EVFD fireworks display
October 24, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
QUILT CLASS at Betz’s! Tree skirt or Christmas runner. Starts week October 28. Evening/day. 402-447-6048. NEW Gifts, Fabrics, Antiques, Christmas! 3c
HOMELITE GENERATOR. 3,000 watt. In good shape, used very little-just like new. $200. Call 402-843-2271. 2-3p
HELP WANTED: Full-time help needed for Midwest Electrical Services. Experience not necessary — will train. Call 402-843-8324. 49tfn
BARTENDERS/WAITRESSES wanted. Call Tom at 402-843-2167 or apply at The Steel Steed Steakhouse & Saloon, Elgin. 44tfn
TRUCK DRIVER to haul gluten. Must be dependable. References required. Will train. Call 402-843-5672 ask for Len. 1tfn
HELP WANTED: Positions available for shop mechanic and pen riders. Health and other benefits available, Niewohner Feedlot, Elgin 402-843-5671. 44tfn
PASSPORT PHOTOS: Official U.S. and foreign passport and Visa photos available here. Available in under ten minutes. $10 plus tax. Appointments highly recommended. The Elgin Review, 116 South 2nd St, Elgin NE. 402-843-5500. 1tfn
CALL US for fresh flowers, plants, balloon bouquets. Will deliver to Elgin. Flower Corner, 402-887-4441 or 1-800-590-2384. 1tfc
STORAGE UNITS for rent: 11 X 24 and 12 X 12. Beckman Lumber Inc. 402-843-2131. 3c
FOR RENT: Smith’s Storage Buildings, Elgin. Clean, dry and secure. Sizes 8’ x 16’ and up to 12’ x 24’. Prices start at $28/month. Contact Lee or Marie Smith. 402-843-2391. 1tfc
CARD OF THANKS:
Ellis and I wish to thank everyone that made our 60th anniversary memorable and a special thank you to our family.
October 17, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Alan R. Kruse
1960 — 1958
Alan R. Kruse, 53, of Schuyler, died October 16, 2013, at his home in Schuyler.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish St. Augustine Catholic Church in Schuyler. Celebrant will be the Rev. Andrew Syring.
Committal will be in the Schuyler Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel in Schuyler, and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. A Rosary will be held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Kracl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials will go to Family Wishes. Persons may send condolences to the family of Alan Kruse@ www.revbluejeans.com
Alan was born February 17, 1960 in Schuyler, Nebraska to Richard “Dick” and Theresa (Limbach) Kruse. He attended school in Schuyler and graduated from Schuyler Central High School in 1978.
After graduation, Alan worked at Cargill in Schuyler for many years and later worked as a meat cutter at Didier’s Grocery in Schuyler. Alan had worked for the Schuyler schools for the last 13 years as a custodian, and was a life long Schuyler resident. He was a member of the Divine Mercy Parish, St. Augustines Catholic Church, Schuyler.
Alan is survived by his two sons, Jason (Tami) Kruse of Columbus, Ryan (Kirsten) Kruse of Shelton.
Two Grandsons: Kadence and Decon Kruse. Parents Richard “Dick” (Theresa) Kruse of Leigh,
Brothers Paul (Kathy) Kruse of Schuyler, Jim (Mary) Kruse of Wahoo, Kurt (Katie) Kruse of Leigh.
Sisters, Diana (Jim) Dubas of Columbus, Karen (Lynn) Koizan of Elgin, Jeanette (Tim) Lass of Schuyler. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by grandparents Joe (Angela) Limbach, Paul (Elsie) Kruse.
October 16, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off
After a week where there was no precipitation, big rains Monday will slow construction this week on the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy farm.
Two inches of rain, in some places more, fell throughout the day Monday in Elgin, bringing construction of wind turbines to a halt.
Trucks delivering wind turbine parts stayed in the parking lot Monday at Elgin One Stop waiting for the weather system to pass so they could once again go to tower locations. With the heavy moisture, it could be the latter stages of this week before more towers can be erected.
James Williams, business development manager for Invenergy, said construction of the farm remains on schedule.
“We’ve got a terrific construction crew that is progressing well in its work,” he said Monday. “The project is coming along on schedule. The main focus currently is erection of the wind turbines, and as the weather patterns change there are days when the cranes cannot lift the components because the winds are too high.
“Obviously, the excellent wind resource is one of the key reasons Prairie Breeze is being constructed where it is! The windy days are built into the schedule, then, as an expected result of the changing seasons. We want to thank the local community for their continued support and understanding, especially as harvest is now in full swing.”
Estimated project completion is the first quarter of 2014, according to Alissa Krinsky, communications director with Invenergy who owns the wind farm. When operational, Prairie Breeze will generate, she said, enough clean renewable energy to power approximately 100,000 homes. Power produced by the wind farm will be sold to Omaha Public Power District as part of a long-term agreement signed months ago.
When completed, there will be 118 GE turbines. Of that number, Krinsky said 99 will be located in Antelope County, the remainder (19) will be located in Boone County.
On Monday, Krinsky provided a project work update:
• Bases completed — 51
• Towers completed — 39
• Number of totally complete towers & generators (with blades) — 18
• Construction has not yet begun on the operations & maintenance building, but will commence sometime in October.
• Transmission power line construction — Foundation installation, structure erection and conductor installation are underway with approximately 106 poles set. Completion is expected in December.
• Substation construction — Scheduled for completion by November.
• Estimated number of workers currently on-site — Approximately 200